President Biden on Tuesday called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down after a months-long investigation found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women, including current and former employees.
Biden was asked to comment on whether he had maintained his position since March, when he said Cuomo would have to step down if the harassment allegations were confirmed. In response, Biden said he would “stick to that statement.”
When asked if Cuomo should resign, Biden replied, “Yes”. He declined to comment further on whether Cuomo should be impeached if he does not resign.
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“Let’s take one thing at a time here. I think he should step down,” Biden said. “I understand that the state legislature can decide to impeach. I don’t know for sure.”
An independent report overseen by New York State Attorney General Letitia James found Cuomo engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing and hugging,” made inappropriate remarks towards employees and supervised a “fearful and intimidating” work culture. The report included specific allegations from 11 women who were found to be credible and corroborated by other evidence.
Biden joined a growing number of prominent politicians from both parties who called on Cuomo to step down after the report was released, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. James noted the investigation’s findings were “civil in nature,” but left open the possibility that other authorities could pursue criminal charges against the governor.
“I’m sure there were some totally innocent hugs, but apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t,” Biden added regarding Cuomo’s conduct.
A provocative Cuomo, who maintained his innocence throughout the investigation, again denied the wrongdoing in a video message after the report was released, saying he “never inappropriately touched anyone nor did inappropriate sexual advances “.
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When asked about the allegations against Cuomo last March, Biden called for a full investigation and noted that the governor would have to step down if the allegations were confirmed with evidence. At the time, Biden added that credible allegations against Cuomo could “very well” lead to “criminal prosecution.”
Biden said he has yet to read the entire report and would not comment on whether Cuomo should now face criminal charges.
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